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To take my children off school and travelling for a year?

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EliS667788 Fri 15-Nov-19 18:57:43

Just the title really.

They'd have guaranteed school places for when they return.

Just looking for opinions and pros/cons while my husband and I consider.

Crunchymum Fri 15-Nov-19 18:58:19

How old are kids?

NewName73 Fri 15-Nov-19 18:58:49

It depends on their age.

If under 10, yes I would.

Silverstreaks Fri 15-Nov-19 19:00:26

No, not at all. Do it.

zafferana Fri 15-Nov-19 19:00:33

Hmm difficult one. I can see why you'd want to and I've read about families that have done this, but it depends on the age of the kids. If they are 10 and under then I think it's probably okay, but if they're older than that then I wouldn't do it.

EliS667788 Fri 15-Nov-19 19:00:35

I have three boys - 12, 9 and 6.

Purplestorm83 Fri 15-Nov-19 19:01:48

Go for it! You only get this time once!

Pottedtree Fri 15-Nov-19 19:01:53

Which year would the 12 year old be missing? If it's year 9 then no I wouldn't. Year 8 depends a lot on the kid and your ability to teach him.

zafferana Fri 15-Nov-19 19:03:12

Would you be home educating for the missing year? The volume of work in secondary would be so hard for him to catch up, if not.

EliS667788 Fri 15-Nov-19 19:04:18

The 12 year old would be missing year 8 - my kids go to a private school who would provide teaching resource (packs etc) so we would be able to keep on top of it for all three.

Itsemily Fri 15-Nov-19 19:04:20

Go for it ! You only live once! 🌍

DryIce Fri 15-Nov-19 19:04:32

I would absolutely love to do this! Mine are too young for me to have any real insight on the practicalities, but the idea sounds brilliant

SalrycLuxx Fri 15-Nov-19 19:04:52

I’d do it. I think wistfully of doing it now, but DH would never go for it.

JustHereWithPopcorn Fri 15-Nov-19 19:07:16

Definitely do it!!! They will learn so much travelling, just in a different fun way! Memories will last a lifetime.

BigSandyBalls2015 Fri 15-Nov-19 19:07:55

Do it, most people don’t get this opportunity with jobs etc but if its able to work for you then def go for it

Ellmau Fri 15-Nov-19 19:08:24

a private school who would provide teaching resource (packs etc)

Will the school be charging school fees for the year?

BigSandyBalls2015 Fri 15-Nov-19 19:08:28

As long as the 12 year old wants to, it’s a funny age

Taswama Fri 15-Nov-19 19:09:50

I think this is your last opportunity, as PP said, Y8 is about as old as you’d want it. So I say go for it!

BendingSpoons Fri 15-Nov-19 19:10:35

I wouldn't at secondary age. Surely the school can't give a year's worth of work and I wonder if he would feel on the back foot for some time. I'd look maybe to go for 3 months or so over the summer where they would miss the last few weeks of the summer term.

YourOpinionIsNoted Fri 15-Nov-19 19:10:41

Definitely. Year 8 is often quite neglected on schools anyway. 7s - got to settle in, 9s - either starting or prepping for the GCSE courses, 10/11 - GCSE, 12/13 - Alevel. 8s are a bit nothingy!

sonjadog Fri 15-Nov-19 19:11:37

As long as you have their schooling thought out and covered, then absolutely I would do it.

TitchyP Fri 15-Nov-19 19:13:02

Definitely do it. There's a FB group called WorldSchoolers full of people doing exactly this.

Bluewavescrashing Fri 15-Nov-19 19:13:22

How are you going to take teaching packs for a whole year with you?

Toojudgypants Fri 15-Nov-19 19:14:46

Go for it! Education is more than school. If done well this is an amazing opportunity for your children.

EliS667788 Fri 15-Nov-19 19:14:51

The school would provide the work on a termly basis (via email/ on there online portal) - and we would be paying reduced fees for the time period. Additionally we will pre pay the first term for when we would get back from travelling - almost like a security deposit.

Obviously me and DH would work to provide the info/work for any gaps.

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